Summer Festival of Arts & Antiques
Saturday, August 26, 2023 / 9 AM to 4 PM
The Madison Historical Society will host a Summer Festival of Arts and Antiques on Saturday, August 26 from 9 AM to 4 PM. By creating a festival atmosphere with a variety of engaging summertime activities, the MHS hopes to offer something of interest to everyone.
This end-of-summer celebration of art, antiques, handmade crafts, and family fun will feature vendors of fine antiques and collectibles from across the region, selling ceramics, furniture, glass, jewelry, kitchenware, linens, memorabilia, pottery, toys, vintage accessories, and more.
Additionally, an art exhibition and sale will be mounted by members of the Madison Art Society. The showcase of original artworks will feature a variety of media, including oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, and drawings.
The craft sale will feature original creations by modern makers who will display their works in clay, leather, metal, jewelry, objects for the home, clothing, printmaking, foods, and soap.
Live demonstrations by traditional crafters will include the production of hand-carved spoons, lathe-turned bowls, and bookbinding. Native American crafters will exhibit a variety of items used or worn by First Peoples in the eighteenth century; among these items will be knives, wampum, necklaces, spoons, baskets, and hand-carved trenchers. Crafters will sell their wares and also offer instruction on these pre-industrial trades.
No summer festival would be complete without family-friendly activities. For children and the young at heart, the Madison Historical Society will offer colonial games, a dunk tank, life-size Jenga, Connect Four, and Clown Strike games, face painting, henna tattoos, and hands-on craft sessions.
Ranger Russ of the Meigs Point Nature Center will offer live animal experiences with a focus on some of Connecticut's amphibians and other native creatures. Live musical performances and a delicious menu of fair foods and sweet treats round out the offerings.
Scranton Library Musicians /9 - 10 AM
Replay / 10 AM - 12 PM
Patriot Sound / 12 -2 PM
Vinyl Brothers /2 - 4 PM
Colonial Games - 10 AM - 12 PM
Plein Air Painting - 11 AM - 2 PM
Face Painting - 10 AM - 2 PM
Children's Craft - 11 AM - 2 PM
Ranger Russ's Reptiles - 11 AM - 4 PM
All Day Events
Life-Size Connect Four
Corn Hole Toss
Important visitor information
Hours: 9 am to 4 pm, rain or shine
Date: August 26, 2023
Admission Fee: $5 / Teens $3
Free Admission to MHS Members and children 12 and younger
Sidewalk Cafe: Breakfast and lunch all day long
MHS Information Booth: books for sale; membership information
Pets on leashes are welcome; any damages to exhibitor displays/wares are the responsibility of the pet owner.
Location: Madison Green; parking is available around the green.
Directions: I-95 North or South to Exit 61. Travel south on CT State Route 79 (Durham Road) to US Route 1 (Boston Post Road). Take a right turn on US Route 1 and travel a short distance to the west, to the Madison Green, which is bounded by the Boston Post Road, Meetinghouse Lane, and Copse Road.
Participating Antique Dealers
Kathleen and Bob Chadd
Steven & Joanne Chatlas
Brian and Elizabeth Collette
June and Richard Cumpstone
John and Francine Gintoff
Alan & Rosemary Golia
Laura and Jim Jamra
Steve & Doris McKell
Thomas and Kate McLean
Kathleen Reilly Patricia Melillo
Lisa Titcomb & Glenn Allard
Martin & Leslie Watkins
Important Vendor Information
Interested in participating in our Summer Festival of Arts & Antiques?
The show offers booth spaces to a select group of vetted dealers of fine antiques or handmade crafts.
Booth spaces - 30' wide by 20' deep - $65 prior to August 1/$85 thereafter
Additional vendor information can be found in the contract terms below.
If you wish to be considered for participation in the Fair, please complete the contract application below and return it to:
Madison Historical Society
P.O. Box 17
Madison, CT 06443
Please include photographs of the merchandise you would offer for sale. A member of the antique fair committee will contact you to discuss your participation.
Please call us at (203) 245-4567 or email us for any other information.